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pepsico is there to grow with it and for it in every way we can. ♪ [inaudible conversations] >> thank you and now it's an honor to welcome to the stage the speaker of the house of representatives, paul ryan. speaker, thank you for coming. appreciated. guest: congratulation. host: thank you. do you listen to axios? guest: i do, sometimes. congratulations, you are easily one of the best three cofounders of axios. host: you are a fan? guest: he's a wisconsin guy, so thanks for having me. host: you were backstage chatting with bob woodward. you have been interviewed by bob many times over the years. what is that likely to entertaining.
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he gets more out of you then you get out of him, i'm sure, but i have learned a lot from bob woodward took i enjoyed him and his work for a long long time. there aren't many people who can sort of see around corners and in and out of season venues like bob. he has been doing it a long time. what he got there? host: this is present moment hazard of the leadership and your excessively in their? guest: we talk a lot about those days. host: question that bob woodward had for you. he became the 54th speaker of the house in october, 2015. which are greatest of, schmidt? guest: first of all we were in disarray and reunified. i think that was important. since coming to office, i think we had to figure out how to make the government work obama and make sure we didn't have government shutdown , make sure we got things done and i think that was important. i like the way we ended the year with obama on
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cures and opioid, that was a big issue that everyone believed in. it had been years in the making and it wasn't going to get done. it's always easy to kick it to the next administration, so likely we ended on that. now, we have got to go from becoming an opposition party to being the governing party plywood's a good eight years our party is been in opposition mode. host: how was the governing thing going? guest: that's i'm getting at. warming up here. two thirds of our members came since 2010 and what i would call anti- obama ways in conservative districts to fight. conformance with the go from being an opposition party to a governing party. about health care, i wouldn't want to repeat the healthcare experience, but i'm glad we went through it. it was very cathartic and i'm glad we went through it because it got our members to acknowledge that they had to come to consensus
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, that a person with an art 22 district in deep texas had to accommodate, consider, think about and work with a person with a moderate lean democrat suburban district in the northeast and getting our members to do that is something they had to do-- did not have to do until this year and getting them to do that in healthcare was important i think for a. host: i'm glad you enjoyed it so much because it looks like you'll get to do it again. guest: exactly. no, it's in a three stage process that the house has done. the senate is going through the same process, but statewide senators have this coalition context in their state and then we have to go to conference, but we are working on tax reform, appropriations. we are excited about our regulatory reform agenda and are we are pretty far along the road with 14 signed into law. that's only been used once ever before so we
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feel like our regulatory reform agenda is going well. that was the first part of our plan because it's a time sensitive thing we wanted to move through healthcare and now, we have to move on with the rest of our agenda. tax will be along your effort because it has not been done since 1986 , but then we have up operations. we have a pretty good down payment on the military and now, we have to go back for the rest of it this summer. host: the lead, mike's top 10, official person close to the republican congressional leadership told jonathan swann this will be the autumn of discontent for republicans. you will come back from the summer break and not yet have based on the calendar you just articulated you will not have a major, schmidt? guest: i wouldn't say that at all and i disagree completely. i heard you say that this morning, so i brought an e-mail. look at what we have done already. number of bills passed
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on the house in the first days of the new presidency, 22. bush 41. 28 clinton, 42 george w. bush, 94 obama and 103 for house republicans. loss signed into law the first 100 days, 18 hlb bush, 14 clinton, seven george w. bush, 15th obama and 30 in this congress, 30 laws in the first 100 days. i think we have been pretty darn productive and i feel good about that. host: when we get to december 23rd, the president-- guest: december 23? that is the date i will take. we need tax reform done by then and we fill confident. host: you are confident you will have tax reform finished and on the president's desk? guest: yes. host: had he rewire the economy in a couple months. guest: that's not a couple months. that's a year.
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this next december he said, did i get that right? host: yes. guest: we will make sure by the time the year closes people are going to come into a new tax system with a new tax code. that's an ambitious agenda mother when we are focused on achieving , so we had it tax reform done. we want our appropriations process up and running which means rebuilding our military. we have ambitious plans for reverse during the halloween of our military and a lot of work to do on that. immigration, border security, biggest increase in border security in 10 years with this last appropriations bill. we want to improve upon that work, so not to mention healthcare law, so there's a lot we have on the plate, but i would say come january, if we had taken 14 regulations off the books costing jobs we have begun our process of rebuilding our
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military. we cut people's taxes and cleaned up the tax system and we have fixed healthcare from a collapse, that's a pretty good year. that's a pretty darn good year. that's a year we are on track for achieving. host: you had the white knuckle passage of the healthcare bill the first time and it will come back from the senate. there is no sign it will be in a form that's more appealing to your members. how do you rework that rubik's cube this fall? guest: it's deftly a rubik's cube, but i think people realize what happens is and there are two reasons we want healthcare first, the first insurers will telling us we need to submit our rates are plans for 2018 between april 30 and agent 30th, for the states so we are in the middle of the window and what are we learning. the thing is collapsing. aetna is gone united pulled out, iowa, no one is left your you can't not get an obama exchange plan in the 99
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counties, so another round of high digit increases pull out in the co-ops are collapsing, so i think what's happening is that people realize and as the summer unfolds people will realize this blog really is in a tailspin. it's a rescue mission and we had to intervene in step in front of this crisis so people who are out there can actually get affordable health insurance and get a plan to choose from and they are losing that quickly, so i believe the dynamic is such that yes the rubik's cube is hard and i assume the senate will change how legislating works. i think our members have traveled a long journey in the last few months to realize you can't get everything you want, this is clearly better than the status quo and fulfills our promise and the system is collapsing and we have to do something. host: in axios a.m. today that smart republican talked about that rally that the president
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had in the rose garden after house passage. they call that the bon jovi rally because-- guest: you just put bon jovi in my mind right now. i'm thinking of one of those cheesy songs. host: do you worry now the republicans will get the blame for anything that people don't like about healthcare including -- [inaudible] guest: i think there is a silly attempt by the left to say the current problems of obamacare are republican problems and that's not credible. i don't think that will work. it will take time to phase-in. take the house bill we passed, takes up three years to bring in a new system, but it will bring stability. our risk insurance program in 2018 helps stabilize the market place and bring premiums down, but if we pass something that is partisan because we are we using reconciliation and democrats have made it clear they are not interested in working
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with us on this, i accept we will get hit for this, but we are in leadership. we don't have a choice. we got the majority. about country gave us this responsibility and what are we supposed to do, just sit back like politicians and let the thing collapse and say it's obama's fault? from a moral standpoint that is not something we can do, so we have to intervene to fix this problem because of real people are getting hurt in all of our states and districts, so this is a serious problem requiring a serious solution and i really believe our bill makes healthcare much much better for people and it makes it more stable work i talked to the blues, the insurers, doctors, hospitals all the time. they see a serious problem right now and if we intervene and replace it with patients at our healthcare reform, that will lower costs and give people a pre-existing condition peace of mind and affordable healthcare
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than i think we did our job and if we get one for this or that, that comes with the responsibility. host: what is the likelihood you get there on healthcare get something to the president's desk? guest: i feel like we can do it. everyone says the sun is so narrow, but i think senators realize how important it is in the responsibility we have in the promise we made and don't forget the status quo is not working and is unsustainable. host: infrastructure then flies to 2018? guest: i don't know what the time he will be as much as we had to come up with fiscal space for that, but that's a priority so is well for upward mobility and poverty. we have a pretty good agenda and we know it will take a full two years to work on it. host: axios jonathan swann reported this where the secretary's domination met with house conservatives made it clear that the white house opposes the border adjustment
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tax on which is an important part of your tax plan. the chairman of the freedom caucus tells jonathan swann that it's a major impediment to get tax reform. when will you hold on that? guest: so, spoke with steve last night and what stephen h and says is what he always says which i agree with, they don't support in its current form. i have been saying we don't want to participate at 25% currency appreciation overnight. we know-- the intention was not to say we will require 25% of currency appreciation tomorrow. we know there are import sensitive industries, retailers that could be severely disrupted if this is done the wrong way. so, we are trying to go through ways and means finance in the white house, how do we blend these approaches, what
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alternatives look like, so i don't see this is as anything like folding. i see this as how do you collaborate to get the best tax cut you can pass and we agree on 80% of tax reform right now already. lower rates as far as possible and businesses. go to a territorial system. we think that's good for manufacturing. simplified the code from seven to three and get rid of the death tax. simplify with raising the standard exemption so 96% of americans .-ellipsis them eyes and can do their taxes on a postcard. everything i said everyone agrees too, so it's a final 20% which is one of the base broadening needed to get there and that is the debate in conversation we're and i agree with steve mcgeechan, which is full immediate border adjustment would be to disrupt and so no one is advocated for that. host: we look at border adjustment tax which would make exports-- make imports--
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[inaudible] host: what are you willing to discuss that could move your position closer to that administration? guest: i don't negotiate with the media, so i don't want to do that, but-- host: like-- >> limited this way people in janesville go to farm and fleet to buy their stuff and a lot of that stuff is imported. if we have a border adjustment, the currency adjusts so that the purchasing power for the person going to buy a carhart jacket doesn't pay more or have-- host: that's hard to explain. guest: it is. i get that, but here's the other point, we are shooting ourselves in the foot as a country. we are telling american businesses that it's so much smarter and better and more worthwhile, make your product
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overseas. 's for sure supply chain overseas. let me give you one thing and i don't think you'll might i say this publicly, i met with the ceo of intel couple months ago, that's a big coverage-- company. 32 met 40000 people in america, a bunch of factors and they ran the numbers. they would on a per factory basis save about $2 billion in taxes over 10 years if they moved their factories to asia, not because of wages, but because of taxes, so this one company that says staying in this country makes no taxes since, so what we are doing to american businesses is saying make your stuff overseas and import it without any tax consequence. 160 countries today were just their taxes. america along with kenya , afghanistan, iraq, surinam, north korea and handful of other countries don't border just taxes, so by border adjusting taxes
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we are going with the mainstream of the rest of the world because what they do say the 100 there-- 150 countries in the world is take the tax off of their exports because it's typically a border just a country and text as it goes in. they tax imports on the way into their country. here's the point, this isn't designed to make exports are imports better than one another. it's designed to treat them the same, so give me a second. this bottle of water, let's just say it's french and this is made in america, these will be taxed at the same rate in america or in france. right now they are not. that's interesting. that is the point we are making. let's equalize the tax stream so they are not putting a competitive disadvantage. that's a pretty good today to have in a pretty good policy. host: last one on this, is there any way you envision a scenario
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where tax reform passes the house, but doesn't include reform of a border adjustment? guest: of course. that's a conversation we're having, which i told you 80% of the step we agree on is what we are already putting in the bank of we agree is that final 20% which is what is the tax base have to look like to get the other 80%? what base broadening do you have to do to get those rates down and businesses? if you don't do a flow tax which is basically a consumption tax and you have to go with baseball writers within the domestic tax base and look at stuff inside the us to mystic-- domestic economy to take those things away to lower those rates spirit that's the trade-off in the conversation we're having. host: if you had to give up border adjustment tax-- guest: i'm not going to get into that. i'm not going to negotiate to the media, but there will be more base broadening within that domestic economy than not if you don't do
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a border adjustment. border adjustment basically taxes trade deficit, gets you revenue to lower your tax rates. if you don't tax our trade deficit like every other country does, then you'll have to get your base broadening from within the country that the conversation we will have a morning long. host: base broadening? guest: take away the loophole to lower rates. host: if you were to write a book about your adventures with president trump-- guest: about what? host: adventures with president trump, what would be called? [laughter] host: you told me one time president trump referred to you as a boy scout. what did he mean? guest: i took it as a complement. i don't think it was meant that way. [laughter] guest: yeah, we're just different people. i'm just a midwest guy of a devout catholic
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from a small town. i live on the block i grew up on. i just have a different upbringing background and we are different people, but i have learned in congress you get to learn and it know and work with a lot of people. we are very different and as the rich experience you get. host: what is his best quality? guest: his best quality is energy and engagement. i watch that on healthcare, actually. ..
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there's no point of making media on that kind of stuff. what i see somebody who we agree on what we need to do to get this country in the right direction. we laid out an agenda for the country. now we got to go execute that agenda. i see our role in congress as bringing stability to the political system as helping deliver, making sure people in this country know we are working on their problems. every third day there some kind of new news that gets everybody talking. what i think is important is that we find people come i say this, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. we are working on that their problems.
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we are working, this week we're working on fixing this ridiculous waiting list at the va for veterans to get their healthcare. we are working on human trafficking, clean up the loss, plugging loopholes in yemen trafficking laws that we can really focus on cracking down human trafficking. the tax reform is so important for economic growth, for better jobs, higher wages. it hasn't been netted 30 whingers. we are spending a great deal of time on the. healthcare is collapsing. we are trying to replace with something better. these of the problems people experience in their daily lives. regulatory relief is dry and boring. unless you're a small business struggling to keep the doors open, keep your payroll met, the people good jobs and help them advance. it's not a dry and boring issue if you're one of those businesses. we are working on the problems that really affects people in their daily lives. i think it's important people realized that. wendy turn o on the tv, open upa newspaper, if anybody opens up
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newspapers anymore, reads their phone, they think everything is just in chaos. it really actually isn't. we are focused and determined to get our work done and our work as we seek is to keep our promises, make peoples lives better, solve problems. >> host: you know the former fbi director jim comey. does it concern you the president referred to the former fbi director as a matchup? >> guest: i don't agree. and he's not. -- net job. >> host: does it concern you that the president meeting in the oval office as vice president and the attorney general to leave and then he asked the fbi director jim comey to let lingo? >> guest: i don't know the veracity of these things but that -- that's what we have an investigation of what i'm not going to do is comment on things that are under ongoing review. we've got three investigations going on right now. you're the house intelligence committee investigation, a senate intelligence committee
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investigation and a special counsel run by bob mueller who i don't think anybody, has any problems with his credibility. i don't know them well but i've known him for 15 years i think. what i'm not going to do this to the armchair quarterback thing and go play by play or prejudge the outcome. these are independent investigations. they will follow the facts wherever the facts go and we need to let that happen here, going to sit around and comment on stories and facts and innuendo as the proceeds. let it take its course. don't prejudge it and goes wherever it goes. >> host: what do you think of jim comey? >> guest: i like jim comey. i know there are people who are on both sides of the aisle concerned about decisions you make. i think he was put into an apostle position. when lynch went on that plane or clinton went on a plane, determine which one that was, that putting in an impossible position. remember getting that letter from him, october 20 for
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something like that, i can't remember the date, i was campaigning for some house republicans in california at the time. that when will he caught me by surprise. i remember thinking to myself, what an impossible no-win position. i think the guy was forced into nearly impossible decisions, understandably is going to get criticized for making those decisions but i think he served his country able to. >> host: for my colleagues in just a second, a fantastic job of covering the health reform debate for axios. she is in the front near bob woodward. she's going to ask a question but while we're getting her a microphone is another question from bob woodward -- stretches where is bob were doing -- bob woodward? >> host: what is the most important thing going on in the world that you worry about, that you think that that you think we should take more into to?
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i'm pretty concerned about the kim regime. pretty concerned about the pace of their missile technology development. along with the allies have operations ongoing right now in raqqa, in mosul. those need to be successful. there's a challenge with kurds and the turks right now that is getting harder, not easier to solve. so i worry about making sure that ayes our campaign against isis succeeds. manchester, another reminder that has to succeed. those of the two most current concerns i have. what's going on in syria, and iraq and in north korea. >> host: what's most interesting to you the most interesting problem intech? as a look at to the consequences of automation robotics? >> guest: it's the biggest
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bob, the biggest opportunity? >> host i think the accepted his healthcare. what i worry about is the pace of health inflation. health inflation is much higher than ordinary inflation. we've got a retirement generation were not ready, we are not ready the baby boomers. 10,000 times a day, at that that pace for the next ten years, 90% increase in the retirement population, the benefits that they're entitled to and they are entitled, they paid into the system but their pay as you go programs. so if you look at an upcoming debt crisis bob and i talked about this before. look at the upcoming debt problem is basically healthcare driven. what i'm looking to healthcare to technology the most is how can it fun healthcare costs? reason i feel socially about this current bill we're working on i don't think the top-down heavy handed government run
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approach works. it's my tenth term in congress. i've been overseeing hhs for most of those years. government macro regulate and of healthcare stifles innovation, it's lacking because looking backwards. i didn't care who got credit. i just wanted to get it done. i think, it's almost within reach. some of this technology, some of this research on diseases, it's so close that technology i think and finish the job. that to me is the biggest game changer for america, for the world. helps us with a home healthcare
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but helps us avoid a debt crisis and i just want to make sure government policies encouraged and don't frustrate that. i see that as to things. technical education has got to be made cool again, meaning encourage anglican but also we have a welfare poverty trap that discourages and does incentivizes closing this gap. we got to focus on that. did the able-bodied adults, the incentives in the tools they need to close that skills gap, to get those good paying jobs.
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i really think tax reform and regulatory reform helps achieve providing these jobs and getting more of these jobs in higher wages. i think technology is something we should never fear. we should just make sure it's going in the right direction and we adapt to it appropriately. >> host: a fantastic job of covering health reform. >> mr. speaker think is so much for coming to be with us today. i just want to follow up. you talked a lot about obamacare insurance markets collapsing. especially going into 2018. there is a filing deadline this month for whether they will continue to participate in exchanges. one thing and chairs have talked about is how they need the subsidies of the part of obamacare, the csrs. this wiki delayed a lawsuit addressing the csrs. are you working with the white house to make sure those are paid? >> guest: because when a lawsuit this is an average of powers lawsuit. i have to be careful.
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we just filed a status on monday i think we file it. as we passed the bill out of the house waiting for the senate to act on it, i think will get an extension because this is unresolved here but we're making a difference in resolving if you were working in corning with the white house to make sure that i want market stabilization. csr is is one way but if we don't replace this law which is not going to work. he talked to the actuaries of these injuries was something i actually enjoy doing, that's how weird i am, you know, it's really not working. the whole deal was with going to make young people overpay for the healthcare to subsidize everybody else. this mandate will work. well, they didn't do it. the penalty for not getting insurance is a whole lot lower than the premiums. if you can wait until you get sick to get healthcare, then why
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not do that? it's just not working. it's like saying to people, by your house insurance when a house is on par. you don't have to buy ahead of time. it will collapse the marketplace. that's basically what's happening. we have a different approach that we think will work, and what i don't want to do is see more dislocation between now and then. i want to get is a bill passed stabilize the marketplace. it still could be a couple of years before we get tax credits and everything moving to the injures tell us it takes like to use to prepare plans for new marketplace. it will take some time to transition. we've got to get on with it. i'm not going to comment about the lawsuit. if the separation of powers issue. we are working with the administration on solution. i will just leave it at that. >> what is your message to insurers trying to decide whether to stay in 2018? >> guest: i sat down with all the loose if they incentives or vision, you stand you have more choice and more competition, you
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could offer more plans to people. my hope is used to get out in the marketplace and so that you are there to catch people who crash when the help arrives which is a more vibrant, workable marketplace. look, i really think the smart thing to do, let's just decide as a society federal and state government to pay for the sick. that should pave the people or catastrophically ill. let's just do that. i don't think anybody, republicans, democrats, whatever thinks that the person gets breast cancer into force she should go bankrupt from getting it. who thinks that? lets just buck up as a society, pay for the catastrophic illnesses, and when one person of the people and individual market drive 23% of the costs, let subsidize the top i don't know five to 10%. let's just do that as a society so that they get the care they need, don't go bankrupt and then what you will do, we learned this in my state, and in maine
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and other states, you dramatically stabilize the market place for the other 90% of americans in the individual market. you dramatically lower the premiums can increase the choices, tax credits and hsas go farther. so why do we as a society just subsidize the catastrophically ill and individual market? i think it's a smarter way to go and that's what we're trying to achieve with this bill. >> host: you make the point you enjoy this stuff if you love the stuff. you're a policy wonk. it like to try to talk policy with -- >> guest: id would ask that. he is new to this stuff. he absorbs very quickly. he absorbs and the lessons and will a very lengthy conversations because like i said this stuff, it's kind of couple to do. this is my tip term. that is but a spent working on these issues. and by the way, what it really enjoy, talk about a guy with phenomenal private sector experience, really understands
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the math in the economics of insurance, brings his private sector experience to make a huge positive difference. so i think this blend of people is very good. the president sets aside a lot of time for this, and spatial on tax reform, a special on health group with spent hours talking about just the ins and outs of these policies. i think he enjoys learning and listening to these things. >> host: from today's "washington post" this is even some republicans balk at the plant for steep budget cuts. how worried are you but the political impact of this widest budget? >> guest: i'm not worried about it because it happens of you. my job before was budget year, every president since a budget which who has whoever commenting on either point i'm excited about in this budget is we have a president who actually for the first time in eight years now says let's actually balance the budget. he is proposing to balance the budget, wanting to balance the budget.
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we haven't had the first a long time. i think that's refreshing. we will have a good discussion about how to achieve that and there are people who have various priorities who will debate that but that's what congress does. always works this way. president submits a budget, new president always take a longer because they just got an office so it truncates. congress takes it from there. this situation so different than the password. >> host: what was you most about the budget as proposed? >> guest: nothing really because i know congress will start with our own agger process and we will work with the administration to advance our shared goals. >> host: if you lose the house in november it will be why? >> guest: i don't like making those kinds of projections or assumptions but what i tell our members is if we don't do our jobs and don't keep our word, and why would people support is? we need to keep her word. we ran on a very coherent specific agenda.
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the reason we did it is because we believe in it. we think it's the right thing to solve peoples problems, to get america on a better track to make us more prosperous, to make the country stronger and more stable, to fix our military which helps our foreign policy. we really do have a readiness problem with our own military that we need to address. i think if we do what we said we would do, we are already deep into a regulatory reform agenda, and he's a big things. these are not small ball things were trying to do so it does take time. but if we do what we said we would do that i think people will reward us for doing that. i learned this in wisconsin. when our state legislature flipped and scott walker won the governors of race in 2010, they went on and did what they said they were going to do, very controversial stuff. i'm sure you're familiar with all the recall election with. when you saw that pass, where are we now? our pension is healthy and fully funded. we have a budget surplus.
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we are lower in property taxes, lowering taxes. our unemployment rate is around 4%. tackling big things is hard but if you run on doing something and then you do it, i think people reward you for doing that. >> host: what are the chances you keep the house? >> guest: i think they are excellent. because we're in the midst of keeping our promises. >> host: during the campaign year you put out a document, your own better way. talk about a confident america but it turns out america is incompetent, right? >> guest: i think america is excited about becoming confident what does that mean? a look at the future and a more confident about their lives. how do you get that? having an economy that hasn't hit 3% growth since before the recession undermines confidence
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or if we can get an economy that gets up to that 3% growth rate, then what happens is wages go up. without getting -- >> host: but more honest than most leaders, 3% growth is not super feasible? >> guest: i think 3% growth is feasible. i think we're due for 3% growth. if we don't get our job it's not likely. if we do nothing and stay on the status quo it's not likely. if we get regular reform completed i do think 3% growth is very likely. i really do. here's the point i'm trying to make. if people are going to work in an economy where they see wage growth which we haven't seen, we sang productivity content, business investment go down, therefore wages stagnate. if we see wage growth go up, if we see economic growth go up and we if we see our military rebuilding itself and a foreign policy that is confident that is designed to keep us safe, and we have expanding, growing economy,
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and we are on upper mobility at attacking the root causes of poverty, ideally people will feel more confident about their country. and so what do we sit in congress thinking about? we think about how do we do that? how to resolve these problems? these are problems that have been vexing for a long time, and how do we sort of built of the countries antibodies and the countries resilience and the countries confidence so that no matter what comes away in the 21st century time of destruction, of terrorism, we can handle it because our county is confident again. that's what we think about. that's always been our days on. >> host: antibodies. as we say you have a nice balcony, a pretty good ride waiting for you at the triplets of most inconvenient thing about being speaker? >> guest: time management. i'm going to take my kids fishing this weekend, it's memorial day weekend. i had to schedule it four months
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ago, you know? >> host: i've heard you talk about the big van adventure. >> guest: that thing just sits in my garage. 2014, our kids are getting at the age where they are 12, 13 and 15. so i just want to do a bunch of clark griswold road trips, so we went and got a van, you know, they make these things in indiana. like an old conversion van, and got a conversion van. we went to badlands, mount rushmore, you do, colorado, a bunch state parks. i just wanted to do those every summer and the think the house last time we did that was in 2014. the thing sits in the street like that. i haven't driven to think in the year and a half. they don't let you drive in this job. so those family road trips i can do that anymore. that's one of the drags that
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comes with this job. >> host: you are known for texting your members. i understand your tax have a new fun addition. >> guest: i learned this. what are these things called? gifs? these things are awesome. my deal is, i got one was stiffler doing yes, know what you mean? it's an old school. what i do is i send, he has a big mullet in you. i send gifs to people really don't expect it from you. i am one with britney spears doing this, captain obvious. these things are pretty damn funny i think. [laughing] i send this to people who really when expected from me. it's fun to watch their action. >> host: thank all you for come today, colleagues, we thank pepsico and tropicana, quaker
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tropicana naked nutrition brands, all my colleagues, mr. speaker, thank you for fantastic conversation. >> guest: you bet. [applause] ♪ >> the u.s. senate returns at 1. senators will continue debating the nomination of general sullivan for deputy secretary of state. we're expecting confirmation vote on mr. sullivan at 5:30 p.m. eastern today. when the city comes into session will have live coverage here on c-span2. >> this weekend on booktv on c-span2, saturday at 8:30 p.m. eastern former u.s. secretary of state condoleezza rice looks at democracy around the world in her book democracy, stories from
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the long road to freedom. >> americans in particular were blessed with founding fathers who understood and institutional design that would protect our liberties, our rights to say what we think, to worship as we please, to be free from the knock of the secret police at night, to the dignity that comes with having those are going to govern you have to ask for your consent. but if we were blessed with that and we believe that we were endowed by our creator with those rights, they can't be true for us and not for them. >> sunday at 2:20 p.m., john mcwherter on the controversy about the perceptions of sounding black in his book talking back, talking black. >> i think we need to get comfortable saying black people of a slightly different sound because they often spend more time with one another just like white people sound more like one another because i tend to spend more time with windows and
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that's true of all human groups. it's not racist. it's just true and harmless. >> and monday at 4:30 p.m. eastern, former president george w. bush on his book portraits of courage. >> the first guy paint was major chris cohen and i was sitting next to him at a dinner and i why are you here? he said because i can't get out of my mind seeing a buddy of mine killed. and i paint from pictures, and/or photos, and as i am painting turner, i am seeing what that must be like in his might. >> for more on this weekend schedule go to booktv.org. >> the army budget director major general thomas for lander briefed reporters at the pentagon yesterday about president trump's proposed budget for the army. this is about 45 minutes.